The Beauty We Miss

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“I have heard many things; miserable comforters are you all.”—Job16:2 NKJV

Light is essential for everything. It helps plants grow, it diminishes depression, it can communicate messages, it is used in the field of medicine, and it is even a cleanser able to rid the earth of dangerous pathogens. At first glance, light appears to look one way—the way it looks when you turn the lights on in your house or walk outside. Not until the rain bends the light do you realize that several colors make up that one light: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Those other colors were always in the light, doing their part to ensure that not one essential element was lacking for the growth and progress of all that relies on it.

Some people in your life bring beauty that cannot be measured, but if you allow yourself to only see things one way, you miss all they have to offer. Do you choose to live by the rule, “It’s my way or the highway?” Well, that attitude works well until your car is the one that breaks down. Must you always be right, which means everyone else is always wrong? This mindset only means you resist being taught and will constantly have to waste precious time and energy repeating the same lessons over and over. Would you rather spend endless time arguing about what you dislike in others as opposed to what you appreciate in them?

Job’s friends saw the situation their friend was in and thought he was somehow the cause of it. They had forgotten all the times he used his knowledge and wealth to take care of the fatherless and the widows. Job was so much more than what they saw, and at a time when he truly needed a friend they only made his suffering worse. Similarly, so much beauty surrounds you; your life and the lives of those you love will be greatly enriched if you muster the courage to see it.